BRIEF-Kolen receives patent
* Says it received China patent on March 24, for photographic lens optical system
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SYDNEY Feb 14 Australia's Cochlear Ltd , the world No.1 hearing implants maker, on Tuesday posted a half-year profit rise of 19 percent, but reported slowing sales growth in Asia.
The Sydney-listed maker of about two-thirds of all hearing implants sold globally-posted net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 of A$111.4 million ($85.1 million), compared with A$94 million previously.
Earnings per share of A$1.94 came in slightly below analyst expectations of A$1.96, though the company is tracking toward the upper end of its own guidance for a full-year profit between A$210 million and A$225 million.
The company will pay an interim dividend of A$1.30 per share, compared with A$1.10 a year ago. ($1 = 1.3087 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Tom Westbrook; editing by Andrew Roche)
WASHINGTON, March 23 U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday.